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Marble Falls senior running back Dylan Mayberry takes a handoff from senior quarterback Andrew Stripling and looks for a hole in the middle of the line. The Mustangs held their first day of fall football practice Aug. 13. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls football begins fall practices; coaches like retention and fitness levels

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS —The Marble Falls High School football team took to the field Aug. 13 for first time in preparation of the 2018 season. The Mustangs (3-7 overall, 1-6 in District 26-5A in 2017) had 125 players practicing, including 40 freshmen. (more…)

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Burnet receiver Cameron Guenter was tackled immediately after making a catch to begin the Burnet High School football team's intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 11. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet Bulldogs offense and defense evenly matched in intrasquad scrimmage

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — The Burnet High School football t eam ended its first week of fall training camp with plenty of tough runs, superb catches, and tremendous hits. The Bulldogs competed in their intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 11 and played to a draw. The offense scored once after sophomore quarterback Jaxson Denton connected […]

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Llano quarterbacks Braxton Bickers (left), Luke Keller, and Cade Fly catch balls tossed to them from coaches as the skill players work on pass patterns during the Aug. 10 morning practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano football players give coaches something to smile about during first practices

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO LLANO — A pleasure. That’s how Llano High School head football coach Matt Green described the first week of fall training camp. He has many reasons to be excited about what he’s seen. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls football players wear the neckties they learned to tie during a team-building and life skills day Aug. 7. The players are Case Coleman (front, left) Connor Turrentine, Justin Mottle (behind Coleman) Maison Thornley, Grayson Poage, Cruz Bowles, Ben Martin, Kooper Cain, Ian Cantrill, Hansen Booth, Will Wilson, head coach Jeremy Wentrcek, and Steven Hughes. Courtesy photo

Faith football players build trust during day of falling off rocks, walking on the edge

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — How much do you trust your teammates? That question was posed to Faith Academy of Marble Falls football players on a team-building and life skills day Aug. 7. (more…)

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Burnet freshman running back Devontae Miller braces for a tag on a running play during the first practice of fall training camp Aug. 6. More than 90 athletes took part in the practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet Bulldogs hit crowded field on first day of practices

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — With 90 student-athletes hitting Bulldog Field on Aug. 6, the first day of fall practices for the Burnet High School football team, there wasn’t much open space. And that’s a good thing as the Bulldogs gear up for the 2018 season. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls freshman Connor Turrentine takes the handoff and looks for an open seam during an afternoon practice Aug. 6. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith football makes needed adjustments for six-man switch

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — After at least four days of training camp in the Texas heat, the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football squad took a break Aug. 7 for team-building activities. (more…)

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Highland Lakes has a shortage of football officials; training being offered for newcomers

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Love them or not, football officials play a vital role in ensuring a game is safe and fair. With a shortage of officials in the Highland Lakes, the Austin Football Officials Association has asked member Brian Jones to find residents willing to give up some of their weeknights […]

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Art Briles at Big 12 Media Days in 2015. The former Baylor University head football coach will be back on the sidelines as head coach of the Guelfi Firenze American Football International team in Italy. File photo

Ex-Baylor coach, Horseshoe Bay resident Art Briles hired by American football team in Italy

STAFF WRITER JARED FIELDS HORSESHOE BAY — Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles is returning to the sidelines. The Guelfi Firenze American Football International team in Italy announced Aug. 2 that the Horseshoe Bay resident will be the head coach for its 2019 season. The name translates to Florence Griffins. (more…)

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Texas Tech University head football coach Kliff Kingsbury (right) shared his thoughts on Burnet High School graduate Sterling Galban, who is now a Red Raider, during Big 12 Media Days in Frisco on July 16. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS: Texas Tech’s Kingsbury discusses Burnet’s Sterling Galban, sidelined due to injury

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO FRISCO — A torn ACL will sideline Texas Tech University freshman receiver Sterling Galban for the entire 2018 football season, according to Red Raiders head coach Kliff Kingsbury. (more…)

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Marble Falls graduates Alec Oberle (left) and Bryce Murphy and Burnet graduates Tyler Torres and Seth Carpenter will play on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes blue team in an all-star football game June 15. Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate Cabot Booth will play on the gold team.

FCA all-star football game on June 15 features Highland Lakes players and coaches

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — While the Fellowship of Christian Athletes all-star football game is the main event, the days leading up to the contest have been filled with highlights for the players and their coaches. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls welcomes Jeremy Wentrcek as its new football coach and director of athletics. Courtesy photo

Jeremy Wentrcek finally says ‘yes’ to Faith Academy football, director of athletics jobs

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls officials twice tried to hire Jeremy Wentrcek as its football coach and director of athletics. The third was the charm as Wentrcek said “yes” to both positions June 7. (more…)

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Thanks to a generous donor, Marble Falls High School 7-on-7 football players now have some protection against concussions with their new Gamebreaker headgear. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Donation to Marble Falls 7-on-7 football team gives players protection against concussions

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Despite 7-on-7 being touch football, injuries do happen, including concussions. Marble Falls High School players now have some protection against dangerous head injuries thanks to a generous fan. (more…)

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Burnet 7-on-7 football team returning to state tournament after strong qualifier

Burnet 7-on-7 football team returning to state tournament after strong qualifier

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — After a one-year hiatus, the Burnet High School 7-on-7 football team is back at the Division II state tournament thanks to a strong showing during the Fredericksburg State Qualifying Tournament. (more…)

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Faith Academy athletic director Randy Denton ‘shocked’ after school lets him go

Faith Academy athletic director Randy Denton ‘shocked’ after school lets him go

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls contacted athletic director Randy Denton on May 22 to inform him the school was going in a different direction. (more…)

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Faith Academy begins work on $5.2M athletic facility; phase 1 includes football field

Faith Academy begins work on $5.2M athletic facility; phase 1 includes football field

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — As people waited in the lobby of the Faith Academy of Marble Falls student life center, alumna and assistant track-and-field coach Mary Ann Nunnally turned to a visitor and enthusiastically asked, “Isn’t this exciting?” (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls head football coach Pete Rhodes resigned May 15 to take a coaching job at Blanco High School. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy football coach Pete Rhodes leaving for Blanco

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Pete Rhodes resigned as the Faith Academy of Marble Falls football head coach May 15 to take a position on the football staff at Blanco High School. Rhodes will coach tight ends and outside linebackers for the Panthers football team and be the head coach of the powerlifting […]

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Burnet CISD hires three new coaches for next season

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Three coaches are joining the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District staff in 2018-19. They are Shelly Jones as volleyball head coach, Mike Walzel as Burnet High School girls golf head coach and Burnet Middle School golf coach, and Craig Griffin as Burnet Middle School boys athletics coordinator. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Chad Bishop tells rising senior linebacker Reece Vanhoosen and other players their assignments during a recent spring practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Competition level is high during Marble Falls spring football practices

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls High School football team is about to complete its second week of spring football, and head coach Mike Birdwell said he is happy with how the players are competing. The retention of the returners is what has pleased the coaching staff the most because players […]

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Marble Falls High School rising senior running back Dillon Mayberry is one of many returners who will begin spring football drills at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. Mayberry had 103 carries for 506 yards and two touchdowns last season. File photo

Marble Falls football’s spring season starts April 26; game is May 21

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The 2018 football season starts at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 26, for the Marble Falls High School Mustangs. Marble Falls will have the first of 15 practices plus the spring game, which is slated for a 3:20 p.m. start Monday, May 21, at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive. […]

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Former Burnet High School athlete and ex-NFL receiver Jordan Shipley enjoys a laugh during the April 9 gathering of the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club. Shipley, who was the guest speaker, shared his football memories stretching back to his high school years and culminating with his professional career. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Former Burnet standout Jordan Shipley’s goal is to not be known for football

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Jordan Shipley attributes his success in football to two unlikeliest objects: couch cushions. He recounted this story as a guest speaker during the Horseshoe Bay Sports Club gathering April 9. (more…)

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Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

Marble Falls Youth Football registering kids to play in May 7-on-7 league

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — In Texas, anytime is a great time to play football, no matter its version, and that includes 7-on-7. (more…)

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Area football coaches going to school for new tackling technique requirements

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — The goal of making football a safer sport prompted the University Interscholastic League and the Texas High School Coaches Association to examine if there’s a better way of tackling. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth (seated, middle) signs his national letter of intent to play for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as his parents, Jim and Angela Booth (seated), Faith Academy athletics director Randy Denton (standing, left), head football coach Pete Rhoades, former Flames head coaches Stephen Shipley and Russ Roberts, and sister, Seri, look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Faith Academy’s Cab Booth to play football at Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Faith Academy of Marble Falls senior football player Cab Booth on Feb. 23 signed a National Letter of Intent to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. (more…)

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Burnet High School senior defensive lineman Seth Carpenter (left) signs his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 16 to play college football for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor as parents Amanda and Brian Carpenter look on. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet’s Seth Carpenter to play football for Mary Hardin-Baylor

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — In signing his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 16, Burnet High School senior defensive lineman Seth Carpenter kept intact the family tradition of playing college sports. (more…)

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The Burnet-Marble Falls football series will continue in 2018 and 2019. The two teams agreed to play each other in week two of the season. Burnet has won the past three consecutive meetings and leads the overall series 52-41-10. The two teams will see some changes in their districts starting next season after the UIL announced realignment Feb. 1. File photo

UIL has changes (and surprises) for Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano sports districts

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO AUSTIN — The University Interscholastic League revealed several surprises during its realignment announcements Feb. 1 for new districts beginning with the 2018-19 school year that affect Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano high schools.  (more…)

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Wood-carving master Bill Edwards (left) presents former college football coach Dennis Franchione with a 'Hand-Held Cross.' Edwards created the piece and gives one to each speaker of the Men of Faith gathering. Franchione was the guest speaker during the Jan. 9 gathering. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Coach Franchione speaks to Men of Faith about gaining strength after off-field losses

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO HORSESHOE BAY — Being a college football coach, especially with programs such as the University of Alabama and Texas A&M University, can test a man’s faith. But for retired college coach and Horseshoe Bay resident Dennis Franchione, his biggest tests really had nothing to do with the gridiron. (more…)

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